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Car Wash Attendant

No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Licence

Car wash attendants wash, scrub and polish the exteriors of vehicles.

They may also vacuum seats and carpets and clean door trims and hinges in the interior of vehicles.


    Car wash attendants may perform the following tasks:

  • vacuum, clean and maintain vehicle interiors, including dashboards, consoles, carpet and car seats
  • clean door trims and hinges
  • wash and polish vehicle exteriors and blacken tyres
  • drive vehicles through automatic car washes


  • enjoy practical work
  • an eye for detail
  • able to work without supervision
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job

Interest Area

Manual/Practical Outdoor


Vehicle Detailer - undertakes the tasks of a car wash attendant and also cleans engines and underbodies, treating them with rust-proofing chemicals. They also repair minor surface rust stains and make minor repairs to scratched or chipped paintwork. A vehicle detailer rejuvenates dull paintwork on older vehicles.


No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Licence

You can work as a car wash attendant without formal qualifications.

You will probably get some informal training on the job.

You can also become a car wash attendant through a traineeship in Automotive Body Repair Technology.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    You are usually required to have a drivers licence to be a car wash attendant.

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.


Car wash attendants are employed in car dealerships (new and used), service stations, collision repair businesses, vehicle rental firms, bus and truck depots, and car wash and detailing businesses. Opportunities are also available for self-employment.

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